[Welcome to our column, Talking My Path. Here, polytheists, witches, and Pagans of any tradition are invited to discuss and celebrate their spirituality in a series of five short questions. If you would like to participate, don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
ev0ke: How do you define your particular tradition or path? Does it have a specific name?
Ashley Dioses: I lean toward the Left-Hand path in the Norse and Celtic pantheons in my practice.
ev0ke: Which Deities, powers, or other spirits are honored in your tradition?
ev0ke: Among the various festivals and holy days celebrated in your tradition, which is the most important to you, and why?
AD: I was born on December 20th so Yule has always been the most important to me as I feel the strongest connection to it. Also, two of my deities are associated with the Wild Hunt so winter will always be my favorite and most important season.
ev0ke: Which texts, websites, or other resources would you recommend to someone interested in your tradition?
AD: The Sagas of the Icelanders, The Words of Odin: A New Rendering of Havamal for the Present Age by Robin Artisson, Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition: Customs, Rites, and Ceremonies by Nigel Pennick, The Benighted Path: Primeval Gnosis and the Monstrous Soul by Richard Gavin, and Cuchulainn & The Crow Queen by Bernard Kelly.
ev0ke: Is there anything you would like to add, such as creative projects you are undertaking, festivals or events you will be attending, and so on?
AD: I’m slowing working on an occult book on a subject I’ve rarely seen touched upon in occult texts. I’m currently in the early stages of gathering research for it. You can find occult and Pagan inspired poetry in my poetry collection, Diary of a Sorceress.